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"Yo Majesty" @ Highline Ballroom - Jan 27, 2009 (by Village Slum)
Yo Majesty

Shunda K, aka one half of Yo Majesty, has been busy lately. To quote an email I was CC'd on before the current "Yo Majesty" tour...

Im looking to set up Shunda K afterpartys' after each YM show date as an attempt to promote my solo career and also give other acts an opportunity to promote themselves as I dont mind sharing...da stage dat is. All of the dates thus far are below, let me know where you can help. The venues Im looking for should be able to hold at leat 150-200 persons'
The tour is now underway and "Yo Majesty" played Highline Ballroom in Manhattan on Tuesday (1/27). The Shunda K afterparty was at Europa... ONE PROBLEM WITH THAT...
"Yo! Majesty was supposed to be embarking on a world tour that would push the critically hailed lesbian Christian rap duo out of the underground once and for all.

Instead, half of the Tampa, Fla.-based group, singer/rapper Jwl B, is behind bars in Florida on an assault charge and apparently out of the crew for good.

"It's unfortunate for her, but for me it's actually a burden off my shoulders," rapper Shunda K (also known as LaShunda Flowers) said of her longtime partner's recent incarceration. "It started being ridiculous the things she was doing. It's actually divine intervention. I'm not sad. I'm relieved."

Shunda K says Jwl B, her partner in rhyme since 2001, has crossed one too many lines - personally and professionally - and is out of the group. But the drama is not stopping K, who started the duoin 1998 - she performs Wednesday at Harpers Ferry in Allston.

"Now Yo! Majesty can be what it's supposed to be," she said, "and that's a relief for the people, instead of coming to a Yo! Majesty show and you're feeling the tension between Jwl and me on stage. I just thank God for what's going on."

K, an openly gay Christian, says life on the road with Jwl has been difficult, with disputes over money, creative control and women sometimes erupting into physical altercations. [Boston Herald]

So I guess that means Shunda K played Highline Ballroom on Tuesday, and Europa too. In case you're wondering, Jwl B is the topless one jumping in the air, and that harmonious holiday picture was just posted to their MySpace for Christmas (which was a little over a month ago).

More pictures from the Highline show (now with only men taking their shirts off) @ Village Slum. More tour dates (lots of them) (mostly billed as Yo Majesty) (and some Shunda ones) below...

Shunda K - 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 27 - Highline Ballroom w/ Y!M New York, New York
Jan 28 - Harpers w/ Y!M Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 30 - Bellveders w/ Y!M Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jan 31 - Magic Stick w/ Y!M Detroit, Michigan
Feb 1 - Empty Bottle w/ Y!M Chicago, Illinois
Feb 2 - Triple Rock w/ Y!M Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb 3 - Turner Hall w/ Y!M Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Feb 4 - Picador w/ Y!M Iowa City, Iowa
Feb 6 - Marquis w/ Y!M Denver, Colorado
Feb 7 - Kilby Court w/ Y!M Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 9 - Nectars w/ Y!M Seattle, Washington
Feb 10 - Berbati's w/ Y!M Portland, Oregon
Feb 11 -Shunda K Official Show @ Dunes Portland, Oregon
Feb 13 - Slims w/ Y!M San Franscisco, California
Feb 14 - Echo Plex w/ Y!M Los Angeles, California
Feb 15 - Casbah w/ Y!M San Diego, California
Feb 25 - BLA w/ Y!M Oslo
Feb 26 - Vega w/ Y!M Copenhagen
Feb 27 - Debaser w/ Y!M Malmo
Feb 28 - Shunda K Official After Party @ Slick Copenhagen
Feb 28 - Debaser Medis w/ Y!M Stockholm
Mar 3 - Scala w/ Y!M Berlin
Mar 4 - Palace w/ Y!M St Gallen
Mar 5 - Rate Fabrik w/ Y!M Zurich
Mar 6 - Shunda K Official AfterParty @ Zoo w/ DJ Flore Geneva
Mar 6 - Zoo w/ Y!M Geneva
Mar 7 - Dachstock w/ Y!M Bern
Mar 10 - Shunda K Official AfterParty @ Cithéa Nova w/ Micronologie Paris
Mar 10 - Nouveau Casino w/ Y!M Paris
Mar 11 - Caves Aux Poetes w/ Y!M Robouix
Mar 12 - Laiterie w/ Y!M Strasbourg
Mar 13 - Olympic w/ Y!M Nantes
Mar 14 - Paradiso w/ Y!M Amsterdam
Mar 15 - Rotown w/ Y!M Rotterdam
Mar 17 - Cluney (w/ Y!M) Newcastle
Mar 18 - The Faversham (w/ Y!M) Leeds
Mar 19 - Leadmill 2 (w/ Y!M) Sheffield
Mar 20 - Shunda K Official After Party @ The Legion w/ Basement Jaxx London
Mar 20 - Club NME (w/ Y!M) London
Mar 21 - Thekla (w/ Y!M) Bristol
Mar 22 - Audio (w/ Y!M) Brighton
Mar 24 - Civic (w/ Y!M) Wolves
Mar 25 - Korova (w/ Y!M) Liverpool
Mar 26 - Ruby Lounge (w/ Y!M) Manchester
Mar 27 - Caberat Voltaire (w/ Y!M) Edinburgh
Mar 28 - Stereo (w/ Y!M) Glasgow
Mar 31 - Cargo (w/ Y!M) London
Apr 1 - Bodega Social (w/ Y!M) Nottingham
Apr 2 - Crawdaddy (w/ Y!M) Dublin
Apr 3 - Shunda K Official AfterParty @ MOMO w/ DJ Flore Brussels
Apr 3 - AB Club (w/ Y!M) Brussells
Apr 4 - Razzmatazz w/ Y!M Barcelona
Apr 25 - Skippers Smokehouse w/ Someday Souvenir Tampa, Florida



Comments (19)

was at Europa to see Tourmaline, Shunda was supposed to play, don't think she showed though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 1:39 AM

uh oh...

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 8:58 AM

Shunda came to Europa and performed at roughly 1:30 am to a room of die hard, late night folks.

I have to say as a talent buyer who has booked Yo! Majesty from their first NYC show ... Shunda K is a dream to work with. This girl over comes every problem in her path with a infectious positivity and a "FUCK THAT SHIT." I am happy to call her a friend.

Posted by Robert Johnson | January 29, 2009 10:02 AM

another lame novelty act

Posted by Brussel Sprout | January 29, 2009 11:04 AM

"another lame novelty act"

another lame uninformed comment

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 11:28 AM

no actually...quite informed...seen them twice

Posted by Brussel Sprout | January 29, 2009 12:39 PM

I saw Shunda play a solo Yo Mastey show last time Jewel pulled some of the same bullshit, and she ROCKED THAT SHIT !! No one even cared that Jewel was missing. She has so much fucking talent that she will just get bigger and bigger now that Jewel isn't holding her back with all her drama.

Posted by Cam Cam | January 29, 2009 12:43 PM

Then what's the novelty, exactly?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 12:44 PM

Before you call them a novelty act, check out some of the lyrics, or better yet, talk to Shunda herself next time. You might change yer mind.

Posted by Josh Bloom | January 29, 2009 4:48 PM

just the thought of williamsbooger hipsters watching this show is embarrassing

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 5:03 PM

Well, maybe you should actually go to the show and see for yourself instead of staying at home with your unimaginative assumptions.

I was at Highline, and the crowd was small but enthusiastic. Their queer following seems to be sticking around even after the blog hype has died down.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 5:32 PM

Their queer is following isn't gonna stick around for long without Jwl B's boobies

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 5:44 PM

Jwl B is knarly to look at when we are waiting in line together at BagelSmith

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 5:50 PM

found this link on a blog. if you're a shunda fan, give these a listen.

Posted by Cliff Shelf | January 29, 2009 6:15 PM

Hey Mr. Brussel Sprouts. If you're so informed then why don't you enlighten us beyond the same repetitive simple one liner. Oh yea...Your just a sprout. You still got some growing to do don't you? I commend Shunda K. for being able to continue on the road and not fall apart due to the negative aspects that might come with show biz. It's quite obvious that you're not at all familiar with the nuances of show business and blind to any idea that Shunda K's ambition and ability to rise above adversity is nothing less than admirable. I suppose you'd be better satisfied had you arrived on a cold and wintry January eve to find that she had not enough respect for you and every fan that has followed her and Yo Majesty than to just cancel the show. Would you complain about that? If she is a "novelty act" it's probably quite a bit more than you might accomplish up there in your Ivory Tower. And to the Anonymous queer that only shows up to see Jwl B's "boobies" you have totally missed the point and might be better off checking out the girls over at Flashdancers. I happen to know them both quite well and even through this ordeal -that some might call dissapointing and disheartening- Jwl B. was showing you more than her breasts and is a great artist in her own rite.

Posted by Freamon Barney Von Chavous | January 31, 2009 3:15 AM

I am Jwl. B's personal assistant and you can verify this on the Yo Majesty site. My name is Carrie

I want to clarify the rumors because apparently there is alot of false information flying around. Jwl. B. is not out of the group Yo Majesty. She is still part of the group. Yes she is incarcerated but in the court of law a person is innocent until proven guilty. Shunda K. has been allowed to do the tour solo until Jwl. B. can join her. Jwl.B. is a great talent and she deserves the respect and the dignity that anyone else deserves. I personally know her of course and she is in fact a very kind and humble person who loves people, family and her close friends. She is a good person with a good heart and the world really needs to know that side of her. Shunda K. has passed around false allegations from the groups humble beginnings and she continues her underhanded antics behind the scenes. None of this helps the group in anyway and it definately hurts her credability in the public eye.

Personal assistant for Jwl. B.

Posted by JWL B'S PERSONAL ASSISTANT | February 1, 2009 5:54 AM

Jwl B can afford a personal assistant ??!?!


Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2009 11:10 AM

yes she can!

Posted by JWL B'S PERSONAL ASSISTANT | February 3, 2009 12:42 AM

JWL who?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 5:38 PM

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